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Natural Divisions in Economic Theory. John B. CLARK.
The first division contains universal principles, which hold true whether society is organised or not. The second division superadds Catallactics, a "static society” being supposed, without mobility of economic agents, and without profits. The third division, Dynamics, is characterised by “change, movement, friction, disturbance, reorganisation.” Profit in this régime “can only perpetuate itself by an endless series of improvements.”
The United States Treasury in 1894–1896. F. W. TaussiG.
A detailed history of the operations of the Treasury during the years of depression after the crisis of 1863, from which theory derives the lesson that in respect of raising prices it is questionable whether a clear difference in effect between inconvertible and convertible paper can be satisfactorily proved in any specific case. However, "experience has amply shown that the greatest freedom and temptations among banks to extend their convertible note issues cannot prevent prices from falling during a period of sluggish industry”; while“ issue of inconvertible notes does not tend to raise prices—nay, it may sometimes be predicted will raise prices; but by a mechanism, slower in its operation and more uncertain as to the quantities, than the enormous versions lead us to expect.”
Political Science Quarterly (New York).
Journal of Political Economy (Chicago).
December, 1898. Spanish Currency. A. de FoviLLE.
In harmony neither with other nations nor itself the coinage of Spain up to 1868 presented ninety-seven different monetary units enjoying general currency. Though not included in the Latin League, Spain fixed a ratio of 151 to 1 between gold and silver in 1868, but continued to coin silver after its depreciation. “ Alone among the nations of Europe Spain went through the hollow farce of ignoring the fact that silver is a metal which has become unfit for monetary uses." That the Spanish five-franc piece should not have been, like the French one, suspended above its intrinsic value, goes without saying. It is less easy to understand how the silver coin should have sunk below its intrinsic value and been melted for exportation. The depreciation of the note circulation followed the increase of its quantity. The notes continued at par with gold so long as they did not amount to 300
millions of pesetas. That is up to 1881. By 1892 the depreciation
Money according to European Economists. G. M. FIAMINGO. The
It is proposed that a trustworthy barometer of general prices should be formed, and that guided thereby Government should control the movement of prices by buying, or selling, “call” bonds, and by exercising the functions of banking through the Post Office.
Revue d'Économie Politique (Paris).
December, 1898. Ce que content et ce que rapportent les Départements au Budget de la
France. V. TURQUAN.
An investigation into the financial relations between the different parts of France. Allowing for the receipt by frontier departments of custom duties for goods which are distributed throughout the country, and making other corrections, the eminent statistician finds that some departments contribute more, some less, than they receive. Speaking generally, the taxation per head is heaviest where the population is richest—a state of things which results from the solidarity of the French-people in respect of the needs of the central administration and of the national defence [“ devant les besoins de l'administration generale et surtout ceux de la défense nationale "). Le Commerce Extérieur de la France en 1897. M. ZABLET. La Légis
lation Sociale en 1897 (continued). HECTOR LAMBRECHTS. La Réforme de la Circulation Monétaire en Russie. N. FAN-JUNG.
January, 1899. Si les Institutions Sociales sont un Mal Social. CHARLES GIDE. A Plea
for institutions such as the Musée Social and Co-operative Associations. De l'Influence du Milieu sur le développement de l'Homme. E. VILLEY. Les Classes de la Société. E. GOBLOT. Les nouvelles Compagnies Ouvrières. M. WATON.
Journal des Économistes (Paris).
December, 1898. Adam Ferguson et ses Idées politiques et sociales. H. Bouet. Mouve
ment de la Population en divers Pays. G. FRANÇOIS. Un Manuel de Politique Commerciale Internationale. M. A. RAFFALOVICH. Mouvement Scientifique et Industriel. DANIEL BELLET. Revue de l'Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques. M. JOSEPH LEFORT. Le Développement de l'Industrie Sucrière en Russie, E. D. Meeting Annuel du Cobden Club.
January, 1899. 1898. G. DE MOLINARI, Correspondant de l'Institut. Le Marché
financier en 1898. ARTHUR RAFFALOVICH. Revue des principales
française en présence de la baisse des Vins. Pozzi-Escot. Le
Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie (Jena).
Zeitschrift für die Gesamte Staatswissenschaft (Tübingen).
1899. No. I. Der Luxus in seinen Beziehungen zur Sozial-Oekonomie. ANTON
After the inevitable “Begriffsbestimmung" follow topics more attractive to the English reader the influence of luxurious expenditure on the accumulation of capital and the labour market, change of fashions, the relation of luxury to the growth of population. Der Trinkgelderunfug. R. ZIMMERMAN. The growing nuisance of
"tips" demands a remedy.
Archiv für Soziale Gesetzgebung (Berlin).
1899. Vol. XIII. Nos. 3 and 4.
Feminine interests predominate in this number. DR. HEINRICH HERKNER in an article on Das Frauenstudium der Nationalökonomie, regards Mrs. Webb's work as exceeding all that has been hitherto done in the scientific domain by women; Miss Clara Collet is also in the first rank. The feminine interest in persons “das individuelle persönliche Moment” is a useful corrective of the soulless abstractions to which the masculine economist is prone.
The Italians of Chicago are described by Florence Kelley, and the origin of the Frauenbewegung by Lily Braun. Die Schranken der kapitalischen Landwirtschaft. KARL KAUTSKY.
No danger of small culture being supplanted by the large.
Jahrbuch f. Gesetzgebung, &c. (Leipzig). 1899. No. I. contains an article by the editor, Prof. G. Schmoller, on the early history [Urgeschichte) of the family “Mutterrecht, &c.”—not favourable to the visionaries (Schwärmer) who would like to restore that primitive right to modern women.
Zeitschrift für Volkwirtschaft, &c. (Vienna), Vol. VII., No. 4.
A description of Hungary's economic progress, based on the reports compiled on the occasion of the Millennary celebration.
In the first number of the eighth volume Dr. R. Meyer gives "the first results of the Austrian income-tax ” [Personaleinkommensteuer) results which seem highly satisfactory.
De Economist (La Hague) for January-February 1899 contains an article by Prof. Baron D'Aulnis de Bourouill on the Protection Debate in the second Chamber of December 1898; showing that certain arguments in favour of Protectionism are neither new nor valid.
Giornale degli Economisti (Rome).
December, 1898. Rivalita Internazionali in Cina. E. DE VITI DE MARCO. L'Accordo
Commerciale colla Francia. E. GIRELLI. Il Resoconto del Banco di Napoli. U. Mazzola.
La prima Breccia nel dazio consumo dei comuni Italiani. R. Dalla
February, 1899. Il Profitto del Capitale Tecnico. C. A. CONIGLIANI. Gli Operai
Italiani al Sempione. G. De MICHELIS. Aggiunte e Modificazioni alla Legge elettorale politica. Siotto-PINTOR.
BOGART (E. L.). The Housing of the Working People in Yonkers. (In Economic Studies, published by American Economic Association). New York : Macmillan. 12mo. pp. 50.
[A painstaking and instructive account, at first hand, of the housing of the workers in a small manufacturing city in the State of New York.]
DEVINE (E. T.). Economics. New York : Macmillan Co. 12mo.
[Parts of the book were written as lectures for Extension Societies. presentation, while influenced by contact with students who approach the subject from active life, is intended also for the class-room of the college and high school (preface).]
GRONLUND (LAURENCE). The New Economy. A Peaceable Solution of the Social Question. Chicago: H. S. Stone and Co. 12mo. pp. 360. $1.25.
[The author has already published The Coöperative Commonwealth in which, as in this volume, collectivism was advocated. As “practical statesmanship,” Part III here advocates state aid to employed labour (obligatory arbitration) and to unemployed, “municipalization,” radical regulation of railway rates, and the like.)
HALL (F. S.). Sympathetic Strikes and Lock-outs. (In Columbia College Studies.) New York : Columbia College. 8vo. pp. 118. $1.00.
(An historical and critical account of the disturbances mentioned, with chief regard to the United States, but with reference to England also.]
HOLLANDER (J. H.). Editor. , Studies in State Taxation, with particular reference to the Southern States. By Members of Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Press. 8vo. $1.50.